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ARTHUR HILL GILBERT (1894-1970) Illinois painting California artist

ARTHUR HILL GILBERT (1894-1970) Illinois painting California artist

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Directory: Fine Art: Paintings: Oil: N. America: American: Pre 1930: Item # 1428136
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This is a rather early (likely pre-1925) oil on canvas work by an artist best known for his coastal California landscapes, Arthur Hill Gilbert. He was born in Mount Vernon, Illinois on June 10, 1894, graduating from the Evanston Academy in 1913 and then going on to two years at nearby Northwestern University. In 1917 he attended the United States Naval Academy Officer's School at Annapolis and then served abroad. After the military service, Gilbert moved to Southern California around 1920. After studying in Los Angeles at the Otis Art Institute, he had further training in Paris and London. Gilbert's paintings sell into five figures at auctions. This oil on canvas piece, 20" by 26" (" by " framed) was likely executed very early in his career. An old, tattered and faded original label remains glued to the back of the canvas. There is a a title "The Willows" and some more writing after that---I believe it reads "Evanston IL"... At bottom of the label is written "To Mr & Mrs ( ) Paige (or, "Large", or "Lange")/with best wishes...." The work **IS SIGNED** and dated at lower left, though very, very indistinctly (difficult to photograph). After a century, the work has acquired condition issues; will need to be cleaned, and several tears restored properly, the largest a vertical tear poorly repaired at left, another poorly fixed smaller tear near it, and one small tear that has not been worked on at all.